Thursday, October 11, 2007

David Beckham to Visit Elton in NZ

One of Sir Elton's famous friends could be at his New Plymouth concert.

British soccer star David Beckham will be in Wellington just days before Elton John's concert at the Bowl in December.

And the Taranaki Daily News understands there's a possibility he might drop in to catch Sir Elton's show.

Beckham will be in New Zealand with his team LA Galaxy for its match against Wellington Phoenix in the capital on December 1.

Sir Elton performs his only New Zealand concert at New Plymouth's TSB Bowl of Brooklands on December 6.

An LA Galaxy spokesman was giving little away about Beckham taking in his buddy's show when contacted by the Taranaki Daily News yesterday.

LA Galaxy communications manager Justin Pearson said he had not heard the concert mentioned.

"I would have to ask him," Mr Pearson said from Los Angeles.

However, he said that given they were currently mid-season, he doubted he would approach Beckham about it any time soon.

"I don't think that's something that we are going to do here during the season. Our season's still going on now.

"We've got a series of very important games coming up now, so I don't know if that's something I'll look at doing."

Mr Pearson said he did not know how long team members will spend in New Zealand. It's also not known if Beckham's wife, Victoria, aka Posh, will make the trip down under, as the Spice Girls are preparing for their comeback world tour.

Meanwhile, concert promoter Phil Sprey says a walkway added to the Bowl stage will mean Sir Elton will be able to get closer to the audience.

"There's a special walkway that's going over the lake. It's like a finger that sticks out from the middle of the stage to the middle of the lake," Mr Sprey said.

New Plymouth District Council manager of recreation and events Paul Nisbet says the 10 metre-long by 2.5 metre-wide stage extension will be at the level of the second step of the stage, so will be above the water.

Mr Nisbet says the walkway will be taken away after Sir Elton's concert, but the foundations will be left in the lake for future use, should other performers want to use it.

Sir Elton's concert will also feature two big screens on either side of the stage and a spectacular lighting show.

"There will be great lighting and effects, stuff that nobody has seen before, including a huge LED curtain," Mr Sprey said.

He says the two screens will be able to give the audience close-up shots of Sir Elton's fingers on his piano keyboard.

"You can leave the binoculars behind. We spend a lot of time making sure it's an experience for people."

Mr Sprey says truckloads of equipment will be coming from Auckland and Wellington for the concert.

There are still about 2500 tickets left for the Rocket Man Solo show, ranging in price from $155 to $375.

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